An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever?
American heiress Corina Del Rey caught her prince once. But the tragedy of war kept her too long in a fog of grief. Now she’s shifting her life forward, reigniting her career as a journalist. Still, nothing can relieve her of the secret and the love she carries in her soul.
Prince Stephen of Brighton is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors and a star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life. His days in Afghanistan with the Royal Air Command will mark him forever. And he can’t shake their dark shadow.
But when his brother, King Nathaniel, confronts him with a document the prince thought long buried and forgotten, Stephen is forced to face the pain of his past and the love he left behind.
With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again?
Read on for my review of How to Catch a Prince and also for information about a great giveaway.
What a joy to be back in Brighton in the third of Rachel Hauck’s Royal Wedding series. If this is your first visit to the Kingdom, I suggest you take a detour via the first two books in the series. In these, you’ll learn about Brighton’s history and traditions, its royal family, and also about the American women set to take it and its close neighbor, Hessenberg, into the future. Prince Stephen met another of these strong women once, but he’s allowed her to slip through his fingers. Corina’s a little different though. She’s not the every woman that Susanna and Reggie were; she’s a bona fide heiress. There’s also the little matter of a late night ceremony over five years ago and an inconvenient bit of paper.
How to Catch a Prince covers a difficult, yet timely, subject. Stephen is a war veteran, and the lone survivor of an attack in which Corina’s brother was killed. Now he can’t look at Corina without seeing Carlos. It’s a clear case of survivor’s guilt. He blames himself for what happened, and believes Corina would hate him if she knew what really happened that fateful day. To balance the seriousness of this part of the plot, Hauck has thrown in a fanciful element: when Corina goes to Brighton she finds herself staying at a place called The Manor. It’s the one time home of Stephen’s ancestor, Stephen I, and it’s a place Stephen insists was demolished years ago.
Readers of the previous novels will know that Hauck has based Brighton on British history and culture. Nathaniel and Stephen definitely remind me of Princes William and Harry, especially given Prince Harry’s tour of duty in Afghanistan. As a (former) Brit, I appreciate Hauck’s dedication to authenticity. It shows in small ways, such as a passing mention of rugby’s annual Six Nations tournament, and in Stephen receiving physiotherapy instead of physical therapy. I got the long running rugby versus football debate. (I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but have often said the NFL is rugby with pads.) And I got a kick out of Hauck including the phrase “sticky wicket.” Do they play cricket in Brighton?
I love the descriptions of Brighton. It sounds like a mix of Great Britain, Austria and Monaco but, since it’s surrounded by water, I also think of Malta. I think I read in an earlier book, however, that it’s located somewhere in the North Sea. Regardless of where it is, Brighton is a place I’d love to visit. Sadly, this is book three of the series and I’ve a feeling this will be the final time we get to spend time in the Kingdom.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and Zondervan for my complimentary review copy of How to Catch a Prince, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Zondervan (a division of Harper Collins)
Publication Date: 24 February 2015
Page Count: 368